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Jul 27, 2012

Design Blog: Everything In Its Right Place

This week my focus is on design blogs. Thoughtful design is more than just good-looking. It’s more than just cool. It can shape the way we live our lives. It can promote tranquility and peace of mind. It often can extend to our homes, our travel, our food and even our family life. It can be professionally done, or it can be done yourself. And it doesn’t have to cost a fortune either. So with that in mind, let’s draw up some plans, consider the space, and enjoy this brief tour through some of the best design blogs I’ve seen lately.

The Frugal Materialist proves that you can have an expensive look to your living space without actually spending too much money. Focusing on creativity, ingenuity and good, old-fashioned bargains, this blog shows tons of inspiring projects that will make your house beautiful, while leaving your bank account intact.  If I were to pitch this blog, I’d look for stories that showcase home design ideas with a focus on frugality and do it yourself. Check out the full review here.

Chaotically Creative is a blog written by a mother and daughter team, who recognize that families make you busy. At times, things can be hectic. But, it doesn’t mean our lives can’t have order as well as creativity. If I were to pitch this blog, I’d look for home design projects that don’t take too much time. Stories that also intersect with mothers and family might also work. Check out the full review here.

Unconsumption is actually one of my favorite blogs. The site consistently features alternative uses for what might otherwise be considered junk or trash. Furthermore, the site promotes a new way of thinking. Anyone can practice unconsumption. And this site can help show the way. If I were to pitch this blog, I’d look for economically sustainable design. Anything that inspires creative reuse would probably work here, too. Check out the full review here.

Retro Renovation is a blog focused on mid-century housing design aesthetics.  The thinking is that the modern look isn’t always the best look. And this blog puts that thinking to work in literally every room in the house. Plus, the good news is that as time goes by, only more and more styles become retro! If I were to pitch this blog, I’d look for stories that highlight classic housing looks. Check out the full review here.

Cool Hunting probably casts the widest net of all these blogs. It’s a design blog, yes. But, they also cover tech, travel, culture, food, style, art and just about everything else where “cool” design shows up. If I were to pitch this blog, I’d look for stories that highlight the best of design. Where it happens hardly matters. If it’s good, it will probably show up here. Check out the full review here.

That’s all for now. In the meantime, if there’s a blog I should be reviewing, drop me a line or a note in the comments, and I’ll take a look. Until next time…

Author Tom Hynes is PR Newswire’s manager of blogger relations. And as you may have guessed, he has a twitter303030 account.

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